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Police chief: Officer suspended for violating direct order, not for attending church

Middletown Police Officer Mark Hovan is being suspended for 10 days not because he attended church while on duty, but because he violated a direct order, borough Police Chief George Mouchette said in …

Longtime Blue Raiders fan gets special visit, team football after nasty fall at Scranton Prep game

After falling down the bleachers and going to the hospital, Paul Thompson was more banged up than the players following the Middletown Blue Raiders’ 35-0 win over Scranton Prep in Bethlehem on …

Ho ho ... how big is the crowd? Breakfast with Santa draws hundreds to Middletown Home

The lines were long, but the mood was merry Sunday at the Middletown Home’s Breakfast with Santa. The fourth annual event has grown in popularity each passing year, receiving around 700 …

Windmills help mission of Friends in Action around the globe

You don’t see many windmills around Middletown, but you can expect to see some on top of a building just down the road from Saturday’s Market along Route 230 in the not too distant …

'2018 is starting to look ominous' for gas prices, expert says

Average retail gasoline prices in Harrisburg fell 1.5 cents per gallon last week, averaging $2.66 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 241 gas outlets in Harrisburg. …

Middletown school board members sworn in

Vietnam veterans in Dauphin County invited to ceremony honoring them

Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office and state Sen. John DiSanto will honor local veterans of the Vietnam War during a …
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One more for the title: Blue Raiders crush Conwell-Egan, will play for state championship again

WEST CHESTER — The Blue Raiders won the coin toss and elected to take the ball first Saturday at the start of their state semifinal game. That decision turned out to be the right one as …

MAHS grad Bloes in Shippensburg Hall of Fame

Geoff Bloes, a Middletown Area High School graduate, was inducted into the Shippensburg University Athletics Hall of Fame in an on-campus ceremony Friday, Oct. 20. Bloes helped Middletown Area …

Free transportation to Blue Raiders game Saturday when buying pre-sale tickets

Saturday’s game is at 1 p.m. West Chester Rustin (Bayard Rustin) High School is at 1100 Shiloh Road, West Chester. Middletown will be the visiting team and will wear white jerseys. Home …

Another shutout for Middletown as the Blue Raiders advance to the state semifinals

With Jose Lopez sidelined with a knee injury, Middletown coach Brett Myers had to look for someone else to fill the void in the offensive backfield. But it is a characteristic of this 2017 …

Blue Raider football player Leach gets Degler Award

Press & Journal sports writer Larry Etter presented the annual David H. Degler Memorial Award to senior Tre' Leach at the Raider Club football banquet on Sunday evening at the high school. The …

Three Blue Raider Midgets bring home awards

Three Middletown Blue Raider Midgets players brought home awards from the CFA All Star Awards ceremony last week. Tajae Broadie was selected to the first-team All Star Offense as an offensive …

9 Lower Dauphin student-athletes ready for college as they sign letters of intent

Nine Lower Dauphin student-athletes announced their college choices at a letter of intent signing ceremony in the school cafeteria on Wednesday, Nov. 8. Kayla Hoffer, archery The daughter of …

Blue Raiders have no problem with Wyomissing, move on to state playoffs; Fox sets rushing mark

  “That was good, huh?” understated Middletown head coach Brett Myers following his team’s 49-0 rout of Wyomissing in the District III 3A championship game on Thursday night …
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MAMS releases honor rolls for first period of school year

Middletown Area Middle School recently announced its distinguished honor roll and honor roll for the first period. Distinguished Honor Roll requires all “A’s” or perfect marks. For …

Driver gets prison in fatal DUI crash; charges in cellphone theft: Area Police Roundup

An Elizabethtown man was sentenced to four to eight years in state prison for homicide by vehicle in Dauphin County Court on Nov. 29. Anthony Brian Custis, 37, had pleaded guilty on Sept. 27 to …

Conflict over taxi ride leads to multiple charges vs. woman: Lower Swatara Police Roundup

Tameika Jackson, 35, of the 30 block of Genesis Court, Middletown, has been charged with possession of marijuana and theft of services, police report. The charges stem from an altercation between …

Reports: Hummelstown man convicted of 2016 carjacking at Middletown Hardee’s

A Hummelstown man was convicted by a Dauphin County jury on Tuesday, Dec. 5 of a carjacking at the Hardee’s on West Main Street in Middletown on Nov. 13, 2016, according to a report posted on …

Middletown council approves agreement on wage and health care issues for borough police for 2015 and 2016

Middletown may be close to resolving one of the issues that has been in the way of moving forward on a new contract with the borough police association.Borough council during its Dec. 5 meeting by …

Middletown council now says no property tax hike for 2018

Middletown residents may not be looking at a borough property tax increase in 2018, after all.Borough council by a 5-1 vote during its Dec. 5 meeting voted to re-advertise a proposed 2018 general …

Saturday’s Market reports theft of ‘large amount’ of silver on Thanksgiving

A “large amount” of silver bars and coins was stolen from inside Saturday’s Market by someone who climbed on the roof of the market, cut a hole in the roof, and then slid down using …
Editorials

In a surprising result, winners abound in crematory agreement: Editorial

Well, we didn’t see that coming. Fager-Finkenbinder Funeral Home’s plans to build a crematory on its property at 208 N. Union St. have been scrapped, despite several years of attempts …
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Put end to collusion between state and special interests: Jessica Barnett

Should state government help special interest groups collect political campaign donations? Most Pennsylvanians would instinctively answer “no.” In fact, using government resources for …

Setting Gov. Wolf’s broken record straight: Matthew Brouillette

The 2018 gubernatorial election season is upon us! As GOP candidates seek the nomination to take on Gov. Tom Wolf next fall, the incumbent governor’s big-government allies are already …

I remain committed to big tax reforms: Mike Folmer

So, what’s next in the ongoing efforts to eliminate school property taxes as I continue to believe no tax should have the power to leave you homeless? Article VIII, Section 1 of …
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